• Anime Series Like A Certain Magical Index
    Apr 12, 2018

    Academy City in Japan is at least 30 years more advanced than the rest of the world, technologically. However, they also have a number of students that are honing their psychic abilities. Unfortunately for Touma Kamijou, he is a psychic rank of zero, but he has an ability that the city’s scientists can’t quite understand – the ability to negate other psychic abilities. Despite this, he lives a normal life until he meets Index Librorum Prohibitorum, a young girl who has memorized the entire forbidden grimoires, and she drags him into the realm of the supernatural.

    A Certain Magical Index is a tale of what happens when magic meets science. It is one of those shows that can be hard to get into, but once you are, you are really dragged into it. If you are looking for similar anime recommendations, then look no further.

    *Note: While not included, A Certain Magical Index’s sister story (following a different character in the universe), A Certain Scientific Railgun, is also a good recommendation for this show.

    For Fans of Supernatural Occurrences in a Seemingly Normal World

    Shakugan no Shana

    One day, Yuuji Sakai had his regular school life end when he becomes trapped in time and attacked by an unknown being. Right as he is about to die, he is rescued by a nameless hunter with brilliant red hair. After being saved, the girl tells him that he is a Torch, a soul that has already died and is just waiting to fizzle out.

    Both shows are about a normal guy that discovers he has an abnormal power. After meeting a new girl that ends up in their lives, they get dragged into this great adventure where they discover a supernatural world they previously didn’t know existed.

    Guilty Crown

    After being ravaged by the Apocalypse Virus, Japan has fallen under control of the GHQ, an independent military force dedicated to the restoration of order. However, a guerrilla group called Funeral Parlor seeks to put an end to their despotism. After a fateful run in with a key member of Funeral Parlor, weak and anti-social Shuu Ouma finds himself with a powerful new weapon, the ability to pull out manifestations of a person’s personality to wield as weapons. Now he must make use of it in order to free Japan once and for all.

    Both of these stories start off with same cliché – boy meets girl, boy gets dragged into a whole heap of dangerous shit. However, while A Certain Magical Index has its serious moments, Guilty Crown is just ever so much darker of a series. However, they also share a fusion of science and magic in their own ways as well.


    Tokyo’s downtown district of Ikebukuro is awash in strange rumors, everything from colorless color gangs to a headless rider roaming town populate the rumors. For Mikado Ryuugamine who just moved there from Tokyo, he is but one witness to the district’s slew of strange events.

    At a glance, both series look like they take place in a very normal city, but soon you see that they are not very normal at all. Both shows are very much about showing you the stranger, more supernatural underbelly of their normal settings. The real primary difference here is that supernatural occurrences are a sub-culture in Durarara while they are rather acknowledged in A Certain Magical Index.

    For Fans of Magic Fused with Science

    The Irregular at Magic High School

    After magic, once thought to be folklore, was turned into a technical skill, schools to teach it opened all over. At one such school are siblings Tatsuya and Miyuki Shiba. While Miyuki excels, her brother is placed in a lower class due to his seemingly magical ineptitude. However, he has rather unique abilities that make him quite irregular.

    In A Certain Magical Index, there is a big emphasis on the magic part of the world while its sister series, A Certain Scientific Railgun, focuses on the science. In a similar sort of way, The Irregular at the Magic High School has a big focus on learning the magic even though there is a normal world around it. Furthermore, it also combines magic and science into a way that makes it more grounded and easier to digest than your standard fantasy shows.


    It has been five hundred years since humanity went extinct at the hands of the mysterious beasts that roam the land. Now the surviving races have retreated to floating islands in the sky out of reach of most of the beasts. However, there are ones nimble enough to put these people in danger. A small group of young girls, a race called the Leprechauns, are now raised as the only ones that can wield ancient weapons to fend off invasion by the beasts, but it often requires them to sacrifice themselves and they don’t often live to see adulthood. Enter Willem, the last surviving human woken from his slumber and sent to watch over these girls, still feeling the sting from the final battle where he lost everything five hundred years ago.

    The thing about this series is that in order to see the ties of science and magic in the show, it’s actually a pretty big spoiler so I won’t really get into it. Let’s just say that while WorldEnd seems like an extensively fantasy show, it has its scientific elements later on, similar to how A Certain Magical Index seems normal but is actually supernatural as well.

    Fate/ Stay

    The Holy Grail War is a battle royale among the seven magi who can use their command seals to enter battle and command Heroic Spirits of historic and mythical heroes past. In the Fifth Holy Grail War, Rin Toosaka is among the magi entering the competition. With her Servant, Archer, she hopes to obtain the ultimate prize—the Holy Grail, a magical artifact capable of granting its wielder any wish. However, when Rin’s classmate Emiya Shirou accidentally enters too, things get much more interesting.

    The Fate series, and indeed anything in the Nasuverse, has a distinctive battle between magic versus science. Sometimes characters use both in an effort to accomplish what science cannot, similar in the way that magic is used in the technologically-advances Academy City. In both series, you see both science and magic examined from both sides.

    For Fans of Rare Power Protagonists

    Blood Blockade Battlefront

    Vampires, fishmen, supersonic monkeys – they are all normal residents living alongside humans in Hellsalem’s Lot, formerly known as New York City. When a gate between Earth and the Beyond popped up there three years ago, old NYC became dominated by monsters and now Libra, a secret organization, is tasked with keeping it in order. However, for main character Leonardo Watch, he is no one special, just a hobbyist photographer. However, when he obtains the All-Seeing Eyes of the Gods, he finds himself recruited into Libra.

    All you really need to know about both shows are that they involve a protagonist with a rare power that goes around their magnificent city and gets into fights because of their sheer bad luck. In Blood Blockade Battlefront, the city is strictly overrun with supernatural characters while the city in A Certain Magical Index is distinctly more technological.


    After being saved from a vampire attack, high school student Koyomi Araragi finds he has several supernatural side effects. While trying to live a normal life, he ends up catching a classmate after falling down the stairs and finds she is near weightless. Thus begins to his foray into a weird and wonderful world.

    Both shows are essentially taking a normal guy, giving him a strange power he doesn’t exactly understand, and them having him fatefully meet a supernatural girl. This launches him into being dragged into all the supernatural crap in his world to the point where he isn’t normal anymore. Furthermore, every girl he meets seems to fall in love with him because of their selfless ability to throw himself into danger for strangers.

    Strike the Blood

    Kojou Akatsuki was a normal high school student, but his normal life comes to an end when an encounter with a vampire leaves him with magnificent abilities. As it turns out, he is the once thought mythical fourth primogenitor, whose power is immense. Fearing the destructive potential of his powers, the Lion King Organization dispatches sword-shaman Yukina to monitor him and kill him if he becomes a threat. Unfortunately, she is not the only one with eyes on him.

    Strike the Blood is very much A Certain Magical Index-lite. It features a main character with a rare power that, despite this, gets berated by his girl companion. However, instead of the various beings in Index, Strike the Blood is primarily about vampires.

    Did we miss any more good anime recommendations like A Certain Magical Index? Let us know in the comments section below.

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